“UMBC has challenged me to be a better global citizen. I have learned so much about how I can be a better academic, teacher, and thinker. I've also learned about the power of thought and dialogue – how it can change how we perceive the world, and thereby change the world.”
Plans: AmeriCorps service with a Baltimore nonprofit
B.A., Gender and Women’s Studies
Summa Cum Laude
Hometown: Deale, Maryland
Even among high-achieving students, not many create a major university program that regularly rallies students around a shared passion for community impact. But Amelia did just that with Critical Social Justice, a campus-wide initiative promoting civic engagement and critical thinking around social justice and the related challenges today's communities face. During her UMBC career Amelia combined campus leadership, participation in national conferences, and a research assistantship in gender and women’s studies with stellar academic work. She earned a 4.0 GPA and election to Phi Beta Kappa. Inspired by mentor Dr. Kate Drabinski, she plans to earn a Ph.D. in women’s studies following her AmeriCorps service.